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Psalm 68:1-6 (Pt. 3) Thought/Prayer:Lonely Elderly.Topics: 2@end.

“Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered! Let them who hate him also flee before him. 
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. As wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad. Let them rejoice before God. Yes, let them rejoice with gladness. 
Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to Yah, his name! Rejoice before him!
A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
God sets the lonely in families. He brings out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.”  WEB Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

How can we as citizens help God set the lonely in families?  We can’t all go out and get us a pretend grandma or a fake uncle in order to say that we have brought in someone lonely from the cold, so to speak.  But how can we get involved in this scripture that is profoundly large in nature, yet gets down to one of the most difficult and solitary aspects of life, loneliness.  The psalmist does a great job of writing into his song of poems the “small” of the world, including here the usually unseen or unheard from . . . the lonely.

We see articles about how loneliness is a huge problem in society, ranging from the kid in 4th grade being bullied or the widow or widower at home alone, wishing someone would remember that they are still residents of the world even if they no longer productively participate in life as most of us do for most of our lives.  They may feel forgotten or terribly useless, given the active or perhaps even accomplished lives they have always lived. 

With the lonely elderly, much can be done, and it’s often on a personal one-to-one basis.  There is a neighbor.  There is someone at church.  There is someone we learn of from someone else.  There are residents in senior care facilities who have no family left.  All of these folks can be greatly blessed by just a little “attention.”  It gets difficult at times because miles may need to be driven to get to someone who needs companionship or company; effort expended; tasks to complete.

But when we do actually take time and effort and drive the miles, we always come away thinking it was worth it.  Or do we?

We must realize that our efforts/miles/tasks will not always seem meaningful to a lonely elderly person.  This is true especially when memory problems are a great factor of life; it is true when personalities change because of mental condition; it can be true even with those who have loved and appreciated us the most.  But they are different now.

Still, deep in our hearts, there is often a sense of doing “right,” of doing the will of a God who never forgets the lonely elderly . . . or us and our efforts to alleviate that isolated pain.  God knows the true soul and spirit buried beneath layers of earthly situations.  Especially for believers who are elderly, He never forgets their trust in Him, no matter the “shape” they’re in, as we say.

Lord, help us all to be willing to drive, exert, accomplish, for those who can not, for themselves.  Even if there is no response, or there’s a negative one, please help us to trust in You that even if unaccepted, efforts toward good are always positive; and You know the heart attitude we bear as we do things such as this.  And help others to know that as we strive to build up the lonely elderly, it is because they have extreme worth in Your eyes, no matter how they are seen by worldly eyes.

Topics:  Pray to be able to minister to the lonely elderly as opportunities come along.  This verifies their worth.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 06/28 at 11:00 AM
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